Our Tireless Event Volunteers Make it Possible

As part of our “Volunteer Appreciation” blog series, we will be publishing stories and testimonials about our amazing volunteers.

By: Phyllis Rose, Director of Volunteer services of Breast Cancer Resource Centers

Director of Volunteer Services

Director of Volunteer Services

We say it all the time – ”we couldn’t do it without you” – and we absolutely couldn’t without our Event Volunteers! These volunteers are responsible for the success of everything from Art Bra® Austin to Independent Fundraising Events like Scare for a Cure, Texas Stars’ Pink in the Rink and many more. What these incredible volunteers accomplish is nothing short of astonishing!

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“The volunteers you sent were all fantastic!!! They helped everything run so smoothly and we would have been lost without them! A big “thank you” to all from Scare for a Cure.” Brooke Garrett, Scare for a Cure

“Thanks to your volunteers and ambassadors, everything went wonderfully!” Laura Hindman, Texas Stars Foundation

“THANK YOU! I was amazed by the volunteer support and in THREE locations!! WOW!! Angie Houtz, Pulling for Pink

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Art Bra® Austin 2014 raised $302,000 to support the mission of the BCRC – all made possible by volunteers who went above and beyond and then some! Kristie McFarling single-handedly took on the gargantuan task of ABA Model Chair. The Dynamic Duo, Trish Cooper and Sarah Breiner, also worked tirelessly to ensure multiple aspects of the event’s success. Our incredible Art Bra Team Leaders are instrumental in mentoring and leading our volunteer teams, and assuring a flawless guest experience. Art Bra Austin would not be possible without the long-time support of Scare for a Cure volunteers, including of course, our very own superhero, Jarrett Crippen, ABA Emcee Extraordinaire!


“In 2014, from January through June, Kristie, Trish, and Sarah might as well have been staff – working hours and hours of overtime. Their commitment to this event and each and every woman who participated as a model was nothing short of extraordinary. ” Robin Leonard, Director of Development, BCRC


“Thank you for the most incredible volunteer experience we’ve ever had!! We were honored to be able to contribute our time and our Team Leaders made sure we were well-trained and comfortable in our roles. Count us in for next year!” Art Bra Austin volunteer

“With my whole heart, I would like to personally thank the 2015 Art Bra® Austin Planning Committee. This amazing group of volunteers has stepped up to participate in the myriad of tasks it takes to ensure that Art Bra is not only a fundraising success but a transformative experience for the models and the finest guest experience of any non-profit event in the city. With their help we’re on task and ahead of schedule for the first time in the history of Art Bra® Austin!” Robin Leonard, Director of Development, BCRC

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“I’d like to give a big shout out to Jenny Peterson and Liz Ferguson, Art Bra® Austin 2015 Communication Volunteers. They are doing a wonderful job of helping us prepare bios and other information for the event website and mobile app. Because of them, we are leagues ahead of where we were last year at this time! Meghan Jones, Grants Manager, BCRC


The BCRC is eternally grateful for the invaluable contributions of our Art Bra Austin Models and the following people:

Art Bra Austin 2014 Committee Chairs and Team Leaders Brynn Biddle, Charles Milton, Corey Bayless, Crystal McGookey, Dave and Martha Ilger, Felicia White, George Greenway, Jarrett Crippen, Kathy Clark, Kristie McFarling, Lisa Riley, Melanie Foster, Melissa Ek, Rhonda and Jon Loeliger, Sarah Breiner, Sarah and Evan Clifton, Susan Pratt, Trish Cooper, Valerie Schwarzwaelder, Zac and Amanda Stafford

Art Bra Austin 2015 Committee Chairs and Team Leaders Charles Milton, Felicia White, Jacki Buchan, Jarrett Crippen, Jeanne Elliott, Karen Bravo, Liz Ferguson, Martha and Dave Ilger, Mary Pickett, Melissa Ek, Norma Colyar, Rhonda and Jon Loeliger, Sarah Breiner, Sarah and Evan Clifton, Susan Pratt, Tamra LaRoque, Trish Cooper, Valerie Schwarzwaelder, Zac and Amanda Stafford

We extend our most sincere thanks and immeasurable appreciation to ALL our Event Volunteers, too numerous to list here, but no less important or valued! You all make it possible for BCRC to exist!

If you or someone you know is facing breast cancer and could use our support, please visit our website or call our helpline at 512-524-2560.

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